Today I’ll share with you my latest progress in masochism: a new fast and cheap project, in a new scale and setting. Most of my molds are now useless, but luckily I’ve some very cute minis to play with.
Something unusual for me is that I choose to make only the exteriors. As skirmish lover Ialways keep an eye for the insides of buildings, but this time, as I said, I wanted something fast and cheap.
As always, I started with a foamboard core. Using the tips I’ve learned in the last years assembling the parts is very easy, they hold by themselves and it’s possible to create complicate geometries with no hassle.
In this case I adopted a quite simple one.
The roof was conceptually simple, but tricky in the practice: without planning, each part had to be designed by trials and errors, until the ridges converged all on the same point. I used cardboard, with paper for the joints, to create the roof base.
When finished, the roof looked pretty good. I glued it in position, and the core of the building is now ready.
I then used some resin shingles sheets I’ve sculpted for another project, cutting them in shape. I didn’t pay too much attention in the cutting, since the edges were going to be covered with the corner tiles.
The finished roof surface looked like this. Pretty simple, but I really love the look.
The next part is the covering. All the surfaces are supposed to be in balsawood. I carved vertical lines in the wood, then I applied the 1mm thick balsawood on the foamcore.
Meanwhile, I started sculpting the windows. I don’t need too much precision on those pieces (fast and cheap, remember?), so I made them with plasticard strips and plastic glue. After the first mold I made another with 12 windows, now I ’ve enough windows for a small city.
For the roof corners: I’ve to say, honestly, I didn’t use this technique at the end. But still worth a description, since can be used in many other projects.
The basic material is copper. Actually, aluminium with a copper finish. I used a brass rod to wrap the thin copper strip around, making a half-tube.
Then i cut the various tiles, re-shaping the edges in a moment with the same rod.
Then, starting from the bottom, I stacked them one on the other, until the whole corners were done. Below the copper there’s a strip of balsa wood, used to give stability to the whole piece.
A closer look to the single corner. The concept is pretty simple, the final look is nice.
Viewing from above, there’s the complete shape of the building. For the roof window, I used two copper sheets bent along a line to prevent the water to drip inside, and some cardboard for the top. the three parts will be painted in a copper-ish color at the end.
For the detailing, I made some incisions on a wooden plank to fix the ladder steps.
Meanwhile, I added a small metal chimney on the roof. Some styrene tubes and a piece of copper, shaped in a semi-sphere with an awesome tool I bought in India.
I’m being redundant, i know. About the roof corners: using some thick cardboard strips glued on a wooden rod i made a more realistic corner. It looks pretty good and promising for a southern European roof, and I will make some experiment in the future.
I didn’t make a proper picture of the corner, but in the final pictures they are very well shown. Meanwhile, some picture of an intermediate stage of work:
Some windows have individual dosels, and some other details are shown.
The main door is, as in any stereotype, in the diagonal corner. I didn’t invest too much in that, using a resin cast for it.
I did, in resin, also a railing for the upper floor walkway. Casting was a pain, cleaning from the flash a double pain.
And, after a few hours of work, the final building is finally done! The photos are quite crappy, i’ll probably (well, hopefully) make a better one after painting!
Well, as always I overdid. I’m really not for fast projects, I always try to add something more to my pieces. But, this time, I managed to limit myself, using precast flat windows and hollow structures. Working with this pace I won’t have a finished table, but I can still make another two or three buildings, and use them on a field, dreaming for a whole city beneath my eyes.
The Lazy One